Summer Basics // Jord Watches Promo

This Summer has been the most simple in terms of my wardrobe. I've been traveling a lot so that means I've basically been wearing the same few items, over and over. But can you ever go wrong with jeans, a basic tshirt, and a jacket tied around your waist for some detail? I think not. I don't even care that I look like I haven't changed my outfit in months, because it's Summer, and who has time for those kinds of details?

One accessory I cannot leave home without, especially when I'm out exploring, is a watch. This wood watch from Jord Watches is perfect for all of your Summer adventuring because it is so lightweight but very sturdy at the same time. You'll forget you're even wearing it until you need to check the time. Be sure to head over to Jord Watches' website and use the promo code "gentrileeblog" to receive 10% off your purchase until September 11, 2015!

shirt- target (similar)
plaid shirt- target (similar)
jeans- c/o kicks usa
shoes- sven clogs
watch- c/o jord watches (use promo code "gentrileeblog" for 10% off)

How do you keep your Summer style interesting yet functional? It's something I should probably work on. Wooden Watch For Men


Banana Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie // EAS® Protein Powder

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When I moved back to Utah, I had plans of a balanced life; one where I felt relaxed and in control. However, that hasn't been the case. I've been busy and working more than I had planned. The first thing that seems to be cut out of a busy schedule, for most people, is breakfast. As most of us know, that is a mistake, as a healthy breakfast kickstarts our day and gives us the energy we need to make it through our hectic schedules.

To help remind myself of the importance of breakfast and to offer all of you a quick and healthy way to start your day, I decided to share my favorite breakfast smoothie recipe with EAS® 100% Whey Single Serving PacketsEAS® is the protein supplement that can be added to an already-healthy lifestyle, plus, the new Protein Powder Packets are perfect for on-the-go incorporation of protein. This recipe is simple and delicious, so it's really a win-win.

You will need

1 EAS® 100% Whey Single Serving Packet
1 frozen banana
6-8 oz water
1/2 cup ice

I feel silly even posting the instructions, because it's the simplest recipe I have ever shared... Simply place all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. If you like your smoothies thicker then stick with 6 oz of water, if you like it thinner then be sure to add 8 oz. I stuck mine in a blender bottle so I can easily carry it with me throughout my morning.

The EAS® 100% Whey Single Serving Packets are available in the Pharmacy department at Target along with a variety of other EAS® Protein options. Thanks to EAS®, this smoothie tastes just like a banana chocolate shake... So really, you'll be craving it all day. I'm also pretty sure it tastes even better than a shake because it is guilt-free!

What is your favorite healthy on-the-go breakfast?


Strawberry Glaze Cake Mix Cookies// Pillsbury Purely Simple

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By now it's no secret that I love a simple recipe. Basic ingredients mixed with some creativity is all I need. Today's recipe was inspired by one of my favorite past-times, a tea party, but while the final product might seem tea-party-fancy, the process to make it is not. That's the beauty of simple baking- the outcome is beautiful and the process is quick.

I wanted to share my family's favorite and quick cake mix cookie recipe, but I also wanted to jazz it up with a trick I learned from one of my first roommates. Using the new Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake Mix and Frosting products from Target, I was able to make these Strawberry Glaze cookies in just a few minutes.

Bonus- the Pillsbury Purely Simple products have no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives!


1 Pillsbury Purely Simple White Cake Mix
1 Pillsbury Purely Simple Buttercream Frosting Mix
1 cup Strawberries
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup oil

Cookies- In a bowl, mix the eggs and oil together with the cake mix until it reaches the consistency of cookie dough. Roll into balls and bake on a cookie sheet at 350° for 8-10 minutes.

Glaze- Using a potato masher, mash the strawberries until they reach the consistency of jam. Soften the butter in the microwave until it is almost melted then pour into a bowl with the strawberries and frosting mix. Mix together until well blended and if necessary, add the 1/2 cup of water that the frosting recipe calls for.

Place the cookies onto a plate and coat with the frosting. The frosting should be a thick consistency when cool, but you will want to warm it up for a few seconds in the microwave so it melts enough to drizzle onto the cookies or coat them completely; when it dries on the cookie, it will harden like a glaze.

These cookies are so easy and quick to make, they're perfect for you next party or gathering, especially since it's easy to double the recipe. Be sure to check out Pillsbury Purely Simple products at Target, they're delicious and, well, purely simple at the same time!

What is one of your favorite simple recipes?

P.S. You can save 25% on Pillsbury Purely Simple products at Target with this cartwheel offer, while it lasts!


Colonial Williamsburg

read pt. 1 (technically part 2)

As I was going through my image folders on my computer, I came across a little adventure that I never shared. While it's not the only one that has gone unshared, it's one that I had planned to. So months later, and in the middle of my road trip posting, I'm going to talk about the time I went to Colonial Williamsburg.

Our trip to Williamsburg was really about visiting Busch Gardens, but the night before, we had some extra time to kill, and I really wanted to visit the Colonial sights. We ended up not being able to visit until everything had already closed for the day. There were a few shops and restaurants open, but for the most part, everyone had gone home. While that could have put a damper on things, I still enjoyed it immensely. The streets were quiet and empty, except for a few of the colonial townspeople. The lamps and lights were lit which helped increase the authenticity of the experience. The fact that we were some of the only people left exploring made it seem a little more tangible- like we almost were stepping back in time.

Since it was so dark, I didn't get a lot of photographs, but the ones I did get are enough to remind me of the great time I had with people I love.

Have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? Do you enjoy exploring historic cities and sights?


Deep Fried SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars

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I've kind of become addicted to experimenting in the kitchen. I love thinking about creative ways to use items and make them into something even more interesting. Today I wanted to share my latest experiment. This was inspired by all of the Summer Fairs going on around the world, and nothing says Summer in America like deep-fried... well, anything. So I decided to deep fry some SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars from walmart. This would be such a fun dessert to serve at a bbq or outdoor party with friends under some twinkle lights. It'd be like bringing the State Fair home to you.

To start, you will need a frying pan, oil, and a candy thermometer. Get your oil heating up over the stove very slowly. If you heat it up too quickly then it will instantly melt your snickers bar rather than deep frying it. Keep the thermometer in the oil and when it reaches 350°, then it's ready for frying. Be sure to keep it at that temperature.


SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars- frozen solid
1 cup flour
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
2 egg whites

In a bowl, mix your flour and cinnamon then set aside. In another bowl, whip up your egg whites until fluffy and add in the vanilla. Remove your SNICKERS® Ice Cream Bars from their packaging, then coat them, one at a time, in the egg. Once it's coated, dip it in the flour mixture and cover completely. Repeat these two steps 2-3 times until you have a nice batter built up around your ice cream bars. 

using a fork or tongs, place the bar into the oil. Let it fry on one side for 10-15 seconds and then turn over for another 5-10 seconds. Remove promptly with the tongs or fork and place on a paper towel. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy immediately!

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I also like to keep on treats on hand like M&M's®Skittles®, Starburst® Minis Unwrapped, and Starburst® Original, just in case I have to feed surprise guests. Be sure to download the Blippar app from your Apple or Android store to scan your package and receive exclusive content.

This recipe is perfect for your next Summer gathering. Just make sure your guests are eating them immediately as the ice cream will melt quickly once it has been heated up. It is such a fun and unique treat that is sure to impress!

What is something you would like to eat deep-fried?

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